Apple Cinnamon Shrub (Drinking Vinegar) Recipe from “Shrubs” Author Michael Dietsch

photo (7)Today is a Twofer Tuesday! We just posted a recipe for Cat’s Ear Clam Linguine from Melany Vorass, and now here’s a fall-friendly cocktail or mocktail option to go with it.

We’ve noted before that we have shrubs on the mind lately.

Shrubs (aka drinking vinegars) are in the Slow Food Ark of Taste, and we’ve been enjoying variations on them for a while. (Especially the Concord Grape & Lavender Shrub from Amy Pennington we posted a few weeks ago.)

They’re delicious as a mixer in a cocktail, but also just on their own mixed with seltzer. If you haven’t tried them before, the idea of drinking vinegar might not sound immediately appealing, but if you’ve been a fan of lightly sweetened sodas like our local folks Dry Soda, you’ll probably love the tart and fruity taste of homemade shrub soda.

ShrubsWe’re still in the works for our members-only shrub class with Swigwell (sorry for the delay on this but we hope to have final details nailed down soon). But we’re excited to see shrubs in the zeitgeist with the release this week of the new cocktail book Shrubs: An Old-Fashioned Drink for Modern Times by New York author Michael Dietsch.

Michael was kind enough to share a recipe with us, and it’s perfect for right now as it calls for that fall superstar apples. We made a batch and can confirm: it’s delicious!

If you’d like to learn more about shrubs, Tales of the Cocktails is holding a chat with Michael online this Thursday, October 9 at 11am Pacific! Details hereContinue reading

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​Cat’s Ear Clam Linguine Recipe from Seattle Forager & Author Melany Vorass

Catsear LinguineThis post is part of our Fall Blog Blitz! For the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you special posts in support of our Slow Food Fall Membership Campaign. Come back often for more recipes, photos, tips, and resources as we celebrate Slow Food in all its forms!

Slow Food membership supports sustainable food production, teaching children how to grow food, preserving traditional foods, and celebrating food cultures. Together we are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to local communities and the environment.  There is a place for you at our table here in our local Seattle chapter. Join now

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Catsear2We recently posted a Dandelion Bourekas recipe from Slow Food pal Melany Vorass. As noted in that post, we enjoyed a wild food walk with her this past spring. Melany showed us the impressive diversity of wild edibles in a small area at Golden Gardens Park. She’s a great inspiration and source of knowledge for those who are interested in doing more urban foraging. See photos from the day here.

Melany has shared another recipe with us, this one for cat’s ear, a wild green that, like dandelions, can also be harvested in the fall. (As always, please be sure you know your plant well before dining on any wild edible.)

Want to learn more? Check out Melany’s classes with Seattle Tilth! Her fall 2014 ID class is full but her cooking class still has spots!

And if you’d like more cooking tips on another wild food favorite – mushrooms – check out our November 3 mushroom event with Becky Selengut and Langdon Cook. Continue reading